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Trans gender rights lacking

by Commissioner for Equal Opportunity | Mar 26, 2014

Acting Commissioner Allanah Lucas is proud to be the co-host of the second Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture to be held at the UWA Westfarmers Lecture Theatre tonight at 6.00pm. 

The lecture will be delivered by Aram Hosie who is a queer identified transgender man from Perth WA. 

He has been involved in advocating for the rights of lesbian gay bi-sexual, trans and intersex LGBTI people nationally and internationally for over a decade. 

Ms Lucas said “The Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture is an initiative of the Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia in partnership with the University of Western Australia to honour the work and achievements of the late Ms. Isabelle Lake, a young trans rights activist, former employee of the Commission and University of Western Australia student. 

“Sadly Isabelle lost her battle to leukaemia just weeks before her 22nd birthday, but her dedication to trans rights and gender equality inspired all who worked with her. 

“Not only did WA’s LGBTI community lose a passionate and committed young activist but so did the Australian community at large.” 

Ms Lucas said that the lecture is to honour Ms Lakes work and to draw attention to the issues faced by transsexual, transgender, intersex and gender diverse people. 

“We wish to raise awareness of the discrimination that many continue to experience. 

“On the ground of Gender History The WA Equal Opportunity Act 1984 is limited to certain protections in that it only provides protection after a person’s gender is legally amended, and not during the time of transition. 

It is unclear as to what protection it provides to intersex people.

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